Principal Judge Wants Cases Involving PWDS Fast-Tracked

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In one the cases, Amina Miiro, a disabled widow was thrown out of her land on the orders of the chief magistrates court without being given a chance to defend herself. Amina, a resident of Kabale in Isingiro district narrated her ordeal to the principal judge prompting him to ask the resident judge Duncan Gaswaga to take action.

The Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine has asked judicial officers in Ankole sub region to fast-track cases involving Persons with Disabilities.

Justice Bamwine's call was in response to concerns raised by members of the public stating that Persons with Disabilities have not been accorded due consideration by the courts.  John Besiga, the western regional chairperson for the disability council said that they have on several occasions not been helped by the judicial system when Persons with Disabilities are offended.

In one the cases, Amina Miiro,  a disabled widow was thrown out of her land on the orders of the chief magistrate's court without being given a chance to defend herself. Amina, a resident of Kabale in Isingiro district narrated her ordeal to the principal judge prompting him to ask the resident judge Duncan Gaswaga to take action.

The Principal Judge observed a need for urgent action to be taken by the Judicial Officers to ensure that Persons with Disabilities are helped quickly and not put at the same footing with able-bodied people.
 
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Justice Bamwine was speaking at the court open day session for Mbarara High Court Circuit covering the districts of Mbarara, Ntungamo, Ibanda, Kiruhura, Sheema, Buhweju, Rubirizi, Mitooma and Bushenyi. The session was held at Boma grounds in Mbarara municipality on Thursday.

Court open days provide a chance for interaction between members of the public and organs that fall under the Justice Law and Order Sector - JLOS, such as police, prisons, Human rights and the judiciary.

Justice Bamwine also expressed dismay that breastfeeding mothers with pending cases have not been helped either. He says that he was surprised to find a breastfeeding mother who was handed a 6-month sentence for assault yet there were other forms of punishment that would have been utilized.
 
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Duncan Gaswaga, the senior resident judge for Mbarara said that his office was working towards ensuring that all people have equal access to justice. He acknowledges the fact that there were some challenges that delayed justice promising to have them addressed.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.